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Thursday, March 17, 2011

God Never Hurries

Though Isaac Asimov was an atheist, he presented a particular view of God through his writing which many people believe. Asimov presented robots whose sin is harming their creators. It is the picture of mankind who has violated the rules which God has programmed them with. They have forgotten the "three rules of robotics."

I suppose that the limited view mankind has of the world presents a picture which can be explained as chaotic. The cosmology is missing within our own grasp of things around us. We have a penchant for rushing to conclusions and forming ready answers when things appear to go crazy. We interpret our world by its order. We have a very difficult time understanding things that do not fit into our world view.

For example, most Christians believe that God is good. They, therefore, interpret every disaster as a means to another good end. It keeps their picture of a good God intact.

More recently, people have begun to interpret God as more like man. They tarnish His omniscience or even His benevolence to explain their universe. They see Him as someone whose creation has gotten out of hand. The world is able to produce its earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and droughts beyond His control. This world view determines that mankind, His greatest creation, must take the reigns and fix His world. Mankind becomes the savior.

Yet, there is one crucial element missing from someone who believes God has allowed things to get out of control. There is no evidence from the Bible that God has ever hurried. He does things in their proper time without regard to the circumstances. If God had ever truly lost control, His hurrying would be present for He would be trying to restore order as quickly as possible.

Time is a created thing. It has been created by God to help man order the universe. There would be no order in our way of thinking if we could not think of things as coming before, present and after. God, who created time, does not need to hurry because He is complete control of time. This is seminal in understanding of how God is in control. This is more important than the understanding of God's omniscience of all that is going on. God would be at the mercy of time if He had to wait rather than act as He wanted. He would still be at its mercy if He had to hurry.

Time is a mystery that even Stephen Hawking hasn't solved. It cannot have an eternal past because there is no way to create today if there is no beginning. In other words, we must have day one in order to have day two. Time is created in a puncticular moment by Someone who must exist outside of it in order to have created it. Natural explanations of the creation of time are similar to the "chicken and the egg." (Which came first?) We cannot explain time without its creation. It cannot have created itself.

 Therefore, God never hurries. He is still in control but I would be remiss if I said I understood what He is doing all the time. So, I too, explain my good God in terms I understand. I admit there is much more that I do not understand.

But then, I am not God, am I?

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NIV)
 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

1 comment: said...

God's thoughts and ways are higher than ours. I wish I could understand His timing better. But then again...maybe it's better I don't!